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Victoria Police May Get the Power to Search Without a Reason


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Victoria police are pushing the Andrews government to expand police search powers at music festivals, so that officers are able to search patrons for drugs without having a reasonable suspicion to do so. Police claim the powers are necessary to counter the spate of drug-related deaths across the state ...

Barriers to Medicinal Cannabis: An Interview with Medical Cannabis Advisory’s Grace Sands


Last week, a Greens motion passed through federal parliament that allows terminally ill patients faster access to cannabis medicines. These patients are now able to import up to three months’ supply of medical marijuana from regulated markets overseas. The disallowance motion amended changes that the Turnbull government made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Special ...

Mystery at Sea: Australian Suspected of Murdering his Wife


In 2010, Lewis Bennet formed the company called ‘Next Generation Solar’, which was based in Mount Nathan, Queensland. The British man became an Australian citizen in September 2013 but left Australia on February 22 last year, writing on his departure card that he intended to live in England for next 12 months. Bennet is now ...

The Australian Prison Boom: Taking Care of Big Business


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The number of people being detained in Australian correctional facilities is at an all-time high. As of March this year, there were 40,577 full-time adult inmates in this country, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released this month. The Australian prisoner population has been steadily increasing since the ...

Disabled Pensioners: the Government’s New Drug War Targets


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government has hit a new low in its war against drugs. Legislation has just been tabled that proposes to deny the pension to hundreds of people who are currently deemed disabled due to their level of drug or alcohol dependency. It’s well known Australian states and territories ...

Australian Prince Ordered to Pay Back-Taxes


The founders of Australia’s oldest ‘micro-nation’ have found out the hard way that you can be the king of the castle, but still have to pay your taxes, after losing a Supreme Court battle against the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The Hutt River Province is about 500 kilometres from Perth, in the mid-west of the ...

Manslaughter by Text Message


By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes A US judge has found that Michelle Carter caused the death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy, by sending him a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself. Ms Carter faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the July 2014 suicide ...

Prosecuting Potential Predators: Government Passes ‘Carly’s Law’


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In 2007, 15-year old Carly Ryan was murdered in South Australia by 47-year old Gary Newman – who created more than 200 fake online profiles of young men to prey on underage girls. Carly’s mother, Sonya Ryan, later established the Carly Ryan Foundation which campaigned tirelessly for the introduction ...

Should Drug Addiction Lead to a Lesser Sentence?


According to a report published by the Australian Institute of Criminology, nearly half of 1,884 police detainees surveyed in nine data collection locations reported that their offending was related to drug or alcohol use. Most of those who reported the link either advised that their offending occurred whilst intoxicated, or in the pursuit of funds ...

Terminally Ill Given Faster Access to Medical Cannabis


A Greens motion passed through the federal Senate on Tuesday that allows terminally ill patients faster access to medicinal cannabis. Under the new provisions, patients that have a prescription are able to import up to three months of the medicine from regulated markets overseas. Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale moved the motion that was ...